Honda Aircraft Unveils HondaJet 2600 Concept That Can Fly Across The US Nonstop
Honda Aircraft has unveiled a new business jet concept at NBAA’s annual trade show in Las Vegas.
The business jet is intended to sit at the upper end of the light-jet segment while still having sufficient range and size to enable it to compete in the mid-size market. Honda says the aircraft would be able to fly across the entirety of the US at heights never before reached by a light jet.
The HondaJet 2600 boasts three major advances: carbon composite fuselage, an over-the-wing engine mount configuration, and new and improved Natural Laminar Flow technology on its nose and wings. These new features will enable the aircraft a range of 2,625 nautical miles, making it the first light jet capable of flying nonstop across the United States.
The HondaJet 2600 will also be capable of reaching a cruising speed of 450 knots and an industry-leading flight ceiling of 47,000 feet. On top of this, it will also be 20% more efficient and have a smaller carbon footprint than the average light business jet on the market.
Inside, the HondaJet 2600 would come with one of three new modular layouts, allowing for a maximum of 11 passengers. The new concept includes all-new seats with generous legroom, as well as a more ergonomic design than previous generations. If required, the aircraft can be fitted with a bed using footrests between the seats and a lightweight mattress. The HondaJet 2600 will also feature a full-height galley in the front and the underside of the fuselage will have a huge cargo hold.
The cockpit will be equipped with advanced flight technology and electronics, including an auto-brake and auto-throttle, making the aircraft easier to fly. In fact, the HondaJet 2600 would be the first transcontinental jet that can be operated by a single pilot.
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